Oral history interview of Dr. Daniel Topping. Interview conducted by Adam Rock at the University of Central Florida Medical School in Orlando, Florida on 03/07/2018.
0:01 Introduction; 0:55 Place of birth/date of birth; 1:20 Family; 1:54 Education growing up; 2:17 Family military service; 2:56 Employment before joining service; 3:41 Reasons for joining the military; 4:36 Choosing the Army over other services; 5:18 Basic Training; 6:21 Language training; 7:41 Army MOS and additional training; 9:28 Airborne School and the Panama Invasion; 10:30 Air Assault School; 11:10 First duty station following training; 12:40 First impressions of Alaska; 13:57 Additional duties and training in Alaska; 15:00 Correspondence courses; 16:15 Reasons for avoiding promotion board; 16:40 Typical day in Alaska; 19:08 Friendships developed in the military; 22:20 Communicating with home; 23:17 Leave in the Army; 25:01 Most memorable experiences in Alaska; 27:21 Leaving the Army; 29:25 Returning to civilian life; 30:31 Getting into the medical field; 35:04 Application of military skills to civilian life; 38:39 Advice for those considering joining the military; 41:23 Final thoughts; 42:25 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Alpha Company; 106th Military Intelligence Battalion; 6th Infantry Division (Light)
Location of Service
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster); Army Good Conduct Medal; Army Overseas Service Medal; Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge
The veteran served in Alaska for 2 years. He is a Persian Gulf War Era Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
UCF Medical Center Lake Nona, Orlando, FL
Topping, Daniel B.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Topping, Daniel Brian interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 590.